Basic Bikepacking Equivalency Application

Click here if you have sufficient skill and experience with bikepacking such that you may be eligible for equivalency. This would grant you the ability to register for trips with us without taking a Mountaineers course. If you believe you can be a contributing member of an bikepackers, fill out this application and one of our committees will review it and contact you.

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Participating in bikepacking activities with The Mountaineers requires either that you successfully complete the Basic Bikepacking Course (normally held by Tacoma and Seattle branches in the late summer/early fall) or show that you have the equivalent skills, knowledge, and equipment that we expect of one of our Basic Bikepacking Course graduates. This application describes and starts the process of determining course equivalency.


  • Prospective candidates will complete  and submit the equivalency application below.
  • The Bikepacking Equivalency Coordinator will review the application and based on the answers  will either schedule an additional meeting/interview and/or plan for candidate to participate in a upcoming bikepacking trip.
  • Once the application form is received, applicants will be added to the Bikepacking Equivalency Course and granted a Basic Bikepacking Student badge which will allow them to participate in bikepacking activities.
  • Once Equivalency is established the candidate will be granted a Basic Bikepacking Badge.

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Are you a current Mountaineers member?   You do not have to be a paying member to fill out this form, but you do have to become a paying member to receive an equivalency evaluation.

Describe your current biking fitness.   Please check all that apply to you.
Describe your experience riding bikes (and hike-a-bike) on various kind of terrain and conditions.   Please check all that apply to you.
On a mixed used trail (open to equestrian, hike and bike use) who has the right-of-way?  

Which of these describe your bike repair skills?   Please check all that apply to you. Please be candid with your answers. It is not necessary you know how to do all of these but it helps to know.
How often do you bike on roads that are open to cars?  

Thank you for your interest in our Bikepacking programs! We will forward your application on to one of our amazing volunteers, who will review it and get in touch with you about how to move forward. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at